Monthly Archives: April 2009

Technological Adaptations

This weekend, while hanging out with some friends, pointing out the location of Saturn to some drunk buddies, and taking naps that are one-third of a normal night’s sleep, I worked on Biology. This must be a huge surprise to everyone, but I decided to just work on it and get as much done as I could. I’m revising the paper in preparation for the final draft, due in roughly a week and a half, creating the website for our research, and starting the Powerpoint for the presentation this Thursday.

Of course, all of this is done on my computer, so of course I get distracted. I created my own personal online resume, which was actually pretty fun. I just like tinkering with HTML codes and actually being able to view something that I’ve made on a wide scale. Kind of like this and some of my other online stuff. I also edited my paper resume to include the URL, just in case potential employers want a closer look at who exactly I am.

But that was a huge distraction from Biology, but I’m fine with it. I only need to suffer through two more weeks of it, then I’ll never have to take it again. I was even thinking that I was going to drop my second HPS course next semester and replace it with a math course, but thinking more about it I probably won’t have room. I’ll probably still drop it, since seventeen credits and a lab is a TON of work.

I’ll see… I’m just looking forward to relaxing this summer, not worrying about classes, having fun, all that stuff.

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Physics Major

Today, I slept in until noon, and even then I didn’t want to get up. But get up I did so that I could shower and head over to the Union. I had to meet with a high school senior who got admitted to the Honors College and is planning on being a Physics major, and she and her dad wanted to talk to me about my experience as a Physics major.

It was actually kind of awkward. The dad asked me for some background, so basically I just told him about how I got into Physics and what I’ve done in relation to it. I think I talked for about five or ten minutes, then I ask, “is there anything else you want to know?” The dad says (even though I directed the question to the daughter), “well, how stressed are you during the week?” Very weird question, so I described this past week and everything I had to do, but since I didn’t want it to seem like it was all work (which it never really could be), I talked about how I could still find free time to just relax, especially on the weekends.

And that was basically it. The dad says how he thinks that he has a good idea of what’s going on, the daughter says nothing, so then I get back on my friend’s bike and ride back to Holmes. I don’t know; I guess I find it extremely weird that the daughter did not ask a single question, so I did give her my e-mail address if she had any questions. Hopefully she actually asks me some questions, but even then it might be her dad standing behind her as she composes the message.

It’s just weird. In other news, I am a mere few hours from the weekend, as my Physics class was cancelled and my Astrophysics exam tomorrow is in the morning. Hooray for Friday!

Hell Week

This week was pretty rough on me already, and I only just started Tuesday. I had a Physics lab report due Monday, which I worked on and finished for a few hours on Easter. I have a Biology take-home due in twenty minutes, which I worked all weekend and then some on, only just finishing it last night. I have a Linear Algebra problem set that covers two weeks of class that is due tomorrow.

I also have a Physics exam and Biology exam tomorrow, and an Astrophysics exam on Friday. I will also probably have another Linear Algebra exam next week, or maybe the week after if I’m lucky. To top it all off, once this week is over I’m entering intense finals mode. Yes, the same mode I was in where my friends would bring cookies or something down from the caf to the study lounge and where I would sit in the same spot for around nine or ten hours straight. That intense.

The only problems with that are that I still haven’t looked up my final schedule, so I have no idea which final is when, and I still have homework and a huge Biology research project to worry about. Honestly, I want to finish this Biology stuff soon, very soon, so then I never have to worry about the W1282X mutation of the CFTR gene.

Plus, I’ll need to schedule in free time for both myself and my SSO.

Cuddling and Compromises

Yesterday was Cuddle-Up Day, one of those fake Facebook events similar to the “1,000,000 strong for [insert anything here].” Usually I just ignore them, but for a few I like participating just because it can be pretty fun and relaxing to just enjoy a fake holiday. You don’t need any preparation, you don’t need to go out to a fancy dinner, you don’t need to buy anything, and you don’t even need to devote the entire day to the event! How awesome is that?

Anyway, me and my statistically-significant other (to quote from XKCD at the bottom of this post) spent the beginning of the day cuddling, including me skipping my Biology class, then we worked on some homework after grabbing breakfast/lunch, then I taught my class, then we went to class, then I worked on my Biology take home exam. Pretty productive day if I don’t say so myself.

But is that really it? I mean, I have changed a lot since I was younger, mostly in how I view relationships. I know exactly when I changed (April 12, 2007) and what caused that change, but I’ve changed again from that. I think it’s college, but blaming everything on college isn’t really the best. College changes you if you let it; I could have very well been the same person I was in 2006 right now, but I changed. In most regards, I changed for the better, like being less shy and trying new foods and learning guitar. I know that some of my past actions aren’t the best, but I can’t take them back.

It’s just right now, I feel like I am more different than I’ve ever been. I’m slowly readjusting myself back a few months to focus a ton on school and myself, just because without doing that I would again miss my mark on my semester GPA, but it’s hard. I bet that you can guess why… my statistically significant other. I really do like her and spending time with her, but we’re not dating (due to what she wants) but we are dating because of how we act with each other and around other people and everything else.

And that brings us back to Cuddle-Up Day. I think taking all of that time away from her during the “holiday” definitely was a step in the right direction. Thankfully we’re both pretty chill so it didn’t even matter. Pretty good for me!

End Times

Tonight, in lieu of doing anything else, I will be watching Michigan State try to win the 2009 NCAA Championship against North Carolina. I’ve been thinking about this game since we won on Saturday, and I am so glad that I’ll be able to watch it (my lab tonight ends at 9:00 PM). I don’t even know what’s going to happen tonight, especially if we win. This should be a fun week.

In other news, my fourth set of finals are in four weeks exactly, meaning that I need to start studying soon. I’m going to be breaking for the first half of this week to play Left 4 Dead and get caught up on homework, and then it’s finals. Lot of work, but I think this may be the semester to get a 4.0 (or very close, since I got fucked by Physics lab last semester). I already know that my life will almost be non-existent, and have warned some of my friends, so there should be no worries. This weekend with everyone gone will definitely help.

I also got an 80% on the Linear Algebra exam that I thought I had failed. Good omen for both me and my Spartans?

EDIT: I earned a 3.667 GPA this past semester. So close!

Final Four, Final Two, and Final One

For those living in Michigan, I don’t really need to explain the first part of that title. Our MSU Spartan Men’s Basketball team is in the Final Four in the 2009 NCAA tourney, advancing past the top seed overall Louisville on Sunday. It was quite the game, and one that I won’t forget anytime soon.

The second part involves… wait for it… Biology. Team BOLT, now down to two members, is banging on all cylinders and working better than ever. We’ve gotten more work done in this past week than maybe the entire semester, which is amazing. I am very glad that I am still with a good partner and the excess was trimmed before things got too serious. This lab tomorrow will be strange, since our ex-partner apparently is still in the class…

And the Final One: I am playing a talent show in Briggs tomorrow, and I am the last act. Ridiculous, right? I don’t know how they picked it, but I am the last act of twelve. I’ll be playing two songs (Kaye by Jupiter Sunrise and Tonight by Ace Troubleshooter, probably in that order) and singing them. Kind of crazy, and I’ve been cramming in song lessons with my roommate all week to try to get ready.

Wish me luck!